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I bought a Breo watch about a year or so ago onboard a Ryanair flight. I'd forgotten to put one of my watches on, and I'm totally lost without a watch. I know that nowadays most people probably just use their phone to see what time it is, and I do this to a certain extent too, however I can't do this at work and the trip was a work related trip.
I picked this up for just £10.00, which I thought was pretty reasonable. The Breo Roam watch came in black, white and a few neon colours such as lime green, cerise pink, a light blue and a dark blue. I chose the black as it will go with everything and it isn't too in your face, especially as I was going to be wearing it for work.
It's an extremely slim and lightweight watch in a soft touch rubber, it's like a bangle style watch and it just slips over your wrist, the rubber does have a little bit of give in it so that it goes over your wrist easily enough. It's available in 3 sizes; small - 16cm, medium - 17cm, and large - 18cm. I chose the medium which seems an ok fit, maybe just slightly on the big side though as it moves around quite a bit when it's on my wrist.
The watch is a digital watch with the digital lcd display in a small rectangular display set into the rubber. The display has the hour at the top, a 'breo' logo in the middle which constantly flashes, and the minutes at the bottom. You can set the watch to display the time in either the 12 or 24 hour clock. It's easy enough to adjust the time with buttons underneath the watch face that you just depress with a pin or something similar. Talking about the time - this watch seems to actually lose time, I don't wear it that often as I don't think that it's the nicest watch that I own, however on the occasions when I have worn it I've always had to rest the time first as it's lost time between wears. It claims to have an extended 2 year battery life on the battery encased in the watch, and I've had my watch for only just less than a year. So I don't know if I've got a watch with a duff battery, or if it's a fault with the watch itself.
It came with a 12 month guarantee and so maybe I should have returned it, but I couldn't be bothered for just a tenner! It looks quite sporty and cool, and I do quite like the look of it when paired with a casual outfit, however when I wear it now I'm always slightly dubious that it's telling me the correct time, and I must compare it with my phone at least half a dozen times a day, which then kinda defects the purpose of wearing a watch to tell the time!
I always receive a tonne of gorgeous fragranced gifts at Christmas, and this year was no exception. One of the gifts that I received was this Dr Hauschka Lavender Sandalwood Body Moisturiser.
Dr. Hauschka is a German brand. The range is not tested on animals and is made from all natural ingredients. It's a very expensive skin care range, and it doesn't seem to be very readily available here in the UK. I know that John Lewis do sell Dr Hauschka products, and a quick look online tells me that the Lavender Sandalwood Body Moisturiser costs £24.
The Lavender Sandalwood body moisturiser comes beautifully packaged in a glass bottle, with a gold coloured pump dispenser on the top. It's a 145ml bottle. The bottle looks very sleek and classy and looks lovely out on display either on my dressing table or on my bathroom shelf. Now unfortunately I'm a bit clumsy and so glass bottles and me don't really mix; I've dropped and smashed two glass cosmetics bottles recently. So although the glass bottle does look very sleek and classy and beautiful out on display, and it definitely looks like a premium expensive body moisturiser (which it is!), I have to say that I think that I'd prefer it if it came in a plastic bottle as it does give me the heebie jeebies every time I use it in case I break it as it was so expensive!
I do really like the pump dispenser aspect on the bottle, this ensures that I don't get the bottle covered in sticky fingerprints as just a gentle depress on the top of the pump will dispense the moisturiser out of the bottle, this also means that there's probably less chance that I'm going to drop and break this as I don't actually have to pick it up to use it! The pump dispenser will turn and 'lock' again if I want to take the bottle away on holiday. I'm probably best not doing this though!
The scent of this body moisturiser is absolutely divine, I can smell the comforting and relaxing lavender, and also the warm and woodsy sandalwood. The gorgeous fragrance lingers on my skin for most of the day after I've applied this body moisturiser, but it only lingers subtly on my skin, it doesn't take over and clash with any other body products that I've used. Again it will linger on my skin overnight if I've applied it before bed and I find that I can still smell it in the morning, and that my sheets will have a very subtle lingering scent of lavender and sandalwood too. I do prefer to use this before bed as I find that it's quite a relaxing and comforting warm fragrance, and so it's the perfect fragrance to wind down and fall asleep with.
The body moisturiser itself has the consistency of a very thick body milk, and it is very easily and quickly absorbed into my skin. This just seems to glide easily over my skin and it melts in completely, it leaves my skin feeling lovely and smooth, and soft and silky to the touch, and my skin stays lovely and soft all day after using this. This doesn't feel sticky or greasy at all, and it doesn't leave behind any sticky, greasy or oily residue at all, all of the moisturiser is absorbed completely into my skin. I find that I don't need to use much of this body moisturiser at all as a little really does go a long way.
This is a very luxurious and intensely moisturising lotion and it's perfect for my winter parched skin. It isn't actually too rich though, so I'd also imagine that it'd work just as well in the summer time. This is suitable for all skin types; oily, normal, dry, sensitive and mature. My skin is more or less normal, and maybe just ever so slightly on the dry side, and this is perfect for my skin.
This is a really luxurious body moisturiser, and I really love it. It's definitely something that I would repurchase as a treat for myself, or as a gift for someone - I say as a treat as it is very expensive at £24 for just 145ml of product. I'm slightly hesitant to give it 5 stars due to the high price, I'd probably give 4.5 if I could, as I'd knock a half a star off for the high price.
I wear contact lenses most of the time. I've worn contact lenses since I was in my teens (I'm in my 30's now), and so I've had years of experience with the lenses, the solutions and the lens cases. I wear both the monthly disposable contact lenses and the daily disposable contact lenses, I wear the monthly lenses most of the time, and I use the daily lenses for travelling.
We had our works Christmas night out, and Secret Santa gift exchange, back at the start of December. I received this cute little owl contact lens case, made by a company called Kikkerland, as my Secret Santa gift. Our Secret Santa gift limit is £5, I received this little owl contact lens case and a bag of Galaxy Counters, so I'm guessing that this little owl contact lens case cost around £4.
I've used all sorts of contact lens cases over the years, some I've liked, and some I've hated. I particularly dislike the barrel style contact lens cases as I always manage to nick a piece out of one or both of my contact lenses when I use these. I much prefer the flat contact lens cases as I find them easy to use, and they don't damage my lenses. Thankfully the little owl is a flat contact lens case.
My little owl is pink, just like the picture above, and Santa reliably informs me that these are also available in green and blue. The little owl is very sleek and simple; the base of the case is bright pink, it even has little pointed ears, the two bowls for your contact lenses are the owls eyes, the screw on lids for the eyes are white with big black circles in the middle to represent the owls pupils, there's even a little raised orange pointy nose between the two bowls. The contact lens case is suitable for both hard or soft contact lenses.
The two separate compartments for your contact lenses, or the 'eyes' I guess! are not marked L & R, but it's easy enough to remember which is which by just always using the owl facing the right way up and then popping your lenses in the compartment opposite each eye. It's very important not to mix your contact lenses up even if you have the same prescription in each eye, for hygiene reasons. The tops screw off easily to reveal the little bowl compartment for each contact lens, and there's a little fill line about three quarters of the way up each bowl to show you where to add contact lens solution up to. The bowls don't have any sharp edges, so when you dip you finger in to take your contact lenses back out they don't catch or get damaged at all. The tops screw back on very tightly and very securely and the little owl case hasn't leaked at all in the 3 weeks or so that I've been using it, and it's normally thrown into an already overstuffed handbag along with loads of other junk.
This seems to be a very good quality contact lens case, and it's definitely fun and quirky, I've had loads of people comment on how cute it is. My biggest disappointment is that I change my contact lens case every month for hygiene reasons, and so in a couple of weeks this cute little case will be redundant. I may bend my monthly rule a little though and end up using this little case for 2 months, especially as I probably won't wear my contact lenses quite as much when I'm off for the 2 weeks over Xmas and New Year, it seems a real shame to throw it away so soon, and with so little use.
Because the little owl contact lens case is quite slim and sleek it's easy to take out and pop into the smallest of handbags or clutch bags. I always like to take my contact lens case out filled with some saline, so that if I need to take my contact lenses out for some reason I can just pop them in my lens case and not have to throw them away.
I'd definitely recommend this little owl contact lens case as a Secret Santa gift or cute stocking filler gift for a contact lens wearer.
I'm not brand loyal when it comes to face wipes, I'm happy to use whichever wipes happen to be on offer, and as such I've tried absolutely loads of different ones. I've tried some which have quickly become favourites, and I've tried some which I'll never buy again no matter how cheap they are, these Primark 4 in 1 deep facial cleansing wipes being one of the latter.
I actually only bought them as an impulse buy while queueing at the till (for what felt like absolutely hours!!) to pay for some cheesy festive Christmas jumpers. I've seen Primarks face wipes at the tills many times, and wondered if they were actually any good, I decided to give them a try this time as I figured why not as they are only £1.00 for 2 packs of 25 face wipes. I also suspect boredom in the absolutely huge cash desk queue also paid a large part in my impulse purchase!!
I don't use face wipes every day, I'm normally a wash off cleanser kind of girl. But I will use face wipes if I've ran out of cleanser, or in the evenings if I'm too tired to go through the whole cleansing and moisturising process, or to freshen my face and neck on a hot day if I'm not wearing any make up. I do always take face wipes with me when I travel or stay over at a friends house for the convenience factor.
I didn't really find that these wipes had much of a fragrance, just a very faint 'clean' kind of fragrance. I like the beauty products that I use to have a noticeable fragrance as I think that's half the pleasure of using them. The face wipes are fairly damp when you first remove them from the packet, however on using them I found that they very quickly dried out when in use.
I found that the face wipes were effective at cleaning and cleansing my face, but only if I rubbed quite hard with the face wipe, sometimes I even had to use two wipes for my face to feel clean. If I was removing a full face of make up then I would actually need to use at least three. Normally I can just gently rub over my face with a face wipe, not so with these it was more like vigorous rubbing. As a result of the vigorous rubbing my face was left quite red and felt quite sore.
I found that these also left my face feeling quite dry and taut, I always felt like I needed to moisturise straight away after using these. If I didn't moisturise after using these, say after a night out and using these to remove my make up, then I'd wake up in the morning with dry patches of skin on my face, and I'd find that my skin was still actually quite tender. I've not got sensitive skin at all, but these actually felt very harsh on my skin, and felt like they were completely stripping my skin of any natural oils and moisture.
I only used about two thirds of the first packet as face wipes, it wasn't worth torturing my skin with them, they were only £1.00 for the two packets after all. I used the remainder of the wipes up as just as wet wipes.
I wouldn't buy these face wipes again, they are actually not worth the money. I used far too many in one go, making them not so cheap after all, and more importantly they really didn't suit my skin.
I was a bit late in the game discovering Essie's Nail Polishes, but now that I have discovered them I'm a total convert, and I probably won't switch from these now. Normally I find that a high price doesn't always equate to a high quality product with nail polish, some of the cheaper nail polishes are actually much better quality than the more expensive ones. Essie nail polishes are probably a mid priced nail polish I would say. Essie nail polishes are typically £7.99 a bottle in either Boots or Superdrug. However in the US they're just $8 a bottle. I purchased my bottle of 'A List' whilst on holiday in the US earlier this year.
Essie describe 'A List' as ''an award winning classic creamy red''. It's a very rich and creamy red colour when it's on my nails, and it's a very bold and striking colour - it really does stand out on my nails. I'd say that it's probably more of a 'winter' red than a 'summer' red, just because it's such a rich red colour. It's actually quite a Christmassy and festive rich red colour.
I'm really impressed with the quality of Essie nail polishes. 'A List' is quite a thick nail polish and I only need to apply one coat of this. One coat gives me a decent rich and creamy red colour and a perfect coverage on each nail, I've not tried two coats as I suspect that it would just look too thick. This goes on really easily and smoothly with no uneven patches, or lumps or bumps. The brush is quite a thick brush and it splays out quite well when I'm painting my nails and I only need to brush one stoke down each finger nail, and two brush stokes will cover my thumb nails or big toe nails. My nails are touch dry after 5 minutes, and then completely dry after 10 minutes. This is really long lasting and durable. It lasts for around a week before it starts to chip, occasionally I've had just 5 days before it chips, but I've had up to 10 days on my toe nails.
I would say that the colour that you see in the bottle, is definitely a true reflection of the colour that 'A List' will be once on your nails. In fact if I grasp the bottle to take a 'blogger' type photo then my nails are the exact same creamy red shade as the bottle. The rich and creamy red colour really suits my skin tone; very pale and with tonnes of freckles. This looks great on both my short fingernails, or on my toe nails. I normally choose to wear 'A List' for an evening out, it's quite a striking and sexy colour, and the perfect choice for a night on the town. It also works just as well for a more casual and laid back look too. I've actually been wearing 'A List' quite a lot recently as it's also a very festive looking red for the Christmas season.
Yet another winner from Essie!
A few months or so ago I ordered a huge haul of Body Shop products online as they had an online offer for 50% off. One of the products that I ordered was this Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette comes in a 50ml bottle, and it should be £15 at full price, I paid £7.50 for it as part of my 50% off order.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette comes in a clear glass bottle, and it's a spray eau de toilette rather than a 'dab on' eau de toilette (I'm fairly sure they're not called 'dab on' perfumes, but you get what I'm on about, yes?). I like that the bottle is clear so that I can see how much of the eau de toilette is left. The spray nozzle works perfectly, it actually sprays out quite a large fine mist, as opposed to a concentrated spritz that you get with most perfumes.
I typically spray the Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette all over my body, as eau de toilettes are lighter and not as intense as eau de parfums. Even though I spray the Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette all over my body I don't find that the cherry blossom fragrance lasts all that long on my skin. I normally take my bottle of eau de toilette out with me and top up a couple of times throughout the day. I actually find that the cherry blossom scent seems to linger much longer on my clothes than on my actual skin. Although this is only an eau de toilette and not an eau de parfum I do think that it's quite disappointing that the cherry blossom fragrance doesn't last longer.
The Japanese Cherry Blosssom Eau de Toilette does smell really nice though. It's a very light and refreshing floral fragrance, but it's a sweet and fruity floral fragrance rather than a flowery floral fragrance if that makes sense. It is actually more of a summery fragrance I think, and although I have been using it on and off during the winter months I do think that it's much more suited to wearing on hot summer days. It's quite a light and refreshing fragrance, without being overpowering at all. I don't normally go for floral fragrances, but this one just is more of a fruity-floral than a flowery-floral.
Although I like the fragrance of this Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette I probably wouldn't repurchase it as I was quite disappointed with its longevity. If however I could get it for half price again, just £7.50, then I may actually repurchase it as you can't really complain about getting a 50ml bottle of perfume for £7.50, even if you do have to top it up a couple of times during the day.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam 'Blueberry' Conditioner & Shampoo. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to conditioners & shampoos, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value.
The Alberto Balsam range of conditioners & shampoos are available in most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland etc, and they normally retail at just £1 each. I picked these up from Tesco, where they're currently on a '2 for £1.80' offer.
The Blueberry conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle. It's quite a runny and liquid conditioner, and its a lovely light baby blue colour. It states that it contains blueberry and ginseng extracts, and that it gives extra nourishment for coloured or damaged hair. I always colour my hair, so this seemed perfect for me.
As with most conditioners the directions for use are simple; ''after you've shampooed, use a good size dollop of conditioner, we find it works best to leave it on for 1-2 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly, ta-da, fabulously soft, shiny hair''.
I do use more than 'a good size dollop' of any conditioner, I always use a HUGE dollop of conditioner, and I always get through two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo. I use the matching Blueberry shampoo prior to using this conditioner.
I find that this conditioner is a little bit fiddly to apply to my long hair in the shower as it is quite a liquid conditioner, I normally prefer a thicker conditioner as it seems to 'stick' to my hair a bit more and therefore is easier to apply. I always leave this in for much more that the stated 1-2 minutes as I wash and condition my hair first in the shower, and then do all the other things such as; having a shower, shaving my legs, etc, and then I rinse this off whilst I rinse my shower gel off. Admittedly most of it has kind of slid out of my hair by this point though! This rinses out well, but it does still feel as though my hair has a slight coating of the conditioner left on it after I've rinsed it all out, in a good way not a bad way though.
Once I get out of the shower my hair is easy enough to comb through after using this conditioner, I still have the odd tangle, but nothing too major. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks very healthy and clean, and it is lovely and super soft and shiny after using this conditioner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style after using this conditioner.
Although this conditioner works well I do find that the fragrance is very offputting, it's quite a chemically fragrance, and it certainly doesn't smell like blueberries. I actually bought it along with my food shopping online, and so I didn't sniff it instore, had I done so I probably wouldn't have added it to my trolley. Fortunately the fragrance doesn't linger in my hair for very long, it does linger long enough to put me off buying it again though.
So, although this does work well, and it is very good value, I wouldn't repurchase as I really don't like the fragrance. Also the fairly liquid consistency of the conditioner meant that for me it wasn't actually the easiest conditioner to use.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam 'Blueberry' Shampoo & Conditioner. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shampoos & conditioners, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value.
The Alberto Balsam range of shampoos & conditioners are available in most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland etc, and they normally retail at just £1 each. I picked these up from Tesco, where they're currently on a '2 for £1.80' offer.
The Blueberry shampoo comes in a 400ml bottle. It's quite a thick and gloopy shampoo, and its a fab bright blue colour. It states that it contains blueberry and ginseng extracts, and that it gives extra nourishment for coloured or damaged hair. I always colour my hair, so this seemed perfect for me.
As with all shampoos the directions for use are; ''wet hair, use a good size dollop of shampoo, lather, then rinse thoroughly, have you also tried our Blueberry conditioner? works a treat''.
I don't find that I need to use 'a good size dollop' of this shampoo, I find that just a small amount of this works adequately. I do always follow this with the matching Blueberry conditioner, and I do use a HUGE dollop of the conditioner, I always get through two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo.
I find that this shampoo lathers up well on my hair in the shower, and that I don't need to use a lot of it to create a rich and foamy lather. It rinses out well and it leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean in the shower, before then following it with the matching conditioner. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks very healthy and clean, and it is lovely and soft and shiny after using this along with the matching conditioner. I normally wash my hair around 3 times a week and this has stayed the same whilst using this shampoo, so it hasn't caused my hair to go greasy or to need washing any sooner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style whilst using this shampoo.
Although this shampoo works well enough I do find that the fragrance is very offputting, it's quite a chemically fragrance, and it certainly doesn't smell like blueberries. I actually bought it along with my food shopping online, and so I didn't sniff it instore, had I done so I probably wouldn't have added it to my trolley. Fortunately the fragrance doesn't linger in my hair for very long, it does linger long enough to put me off buying it again though.
So, although this does work well, and it is very good value, I wouldn't repurchase as I really don't like the fragrance.
I've wanted a Joby Gorillapod tripod for my compact camera for quite a while now. I love the quirky gimmicky look of the the Gorillapods, with the black balls with the brightly coloured stripes, and the fact that they are flexible tripods. My husband says that's all that they are though - gimmicky tripods and that they are not worth the money, £20 - £25. I think because I've gone on and on about wanting a Gorillapod he decided to buy me something similar - this Hama mini flexible tripod. He said that this was only £5, and that it will basically do exactly the same things as a Gorillapod at just a fraction of the price.
The Hama flexible mini tripod is the perfect size to use with a compact camera, it's really small and very lightweight and is a really convenient size to easily fit into a pocket or a handbag. I can easily fit this into all of my handbags along with my camera, I would only really struggle in a small clutch bag when I'm limited for space anyway, and I'd much rather take my lip gloss than a mini tripod! This even has a little clip on the tripod so that you could even attach it to your belt or shirt pocket, or maybe your camera case so that they are both kept together and you would always have it to hand.
This is a sleek and stylish looking little tripod, and it's black in colour, this does actually blend in really well with my camera which is black. It's made of metal so it's a sturdy little tripod, it's not cheap and nasty. It has the screw thread (I'm sure that's not the proper technical term for this!) on the top of the tripod which you screw into the little hole on the bottom of your camera. It seems to fit most compact cameras, it fits both mine and my husbands which are both Panasonic Lumix's but both different models, and I've had a number of friends use it with many different makes of compact cameras on nights out and it has fitted every single one. It is only suitable for compact cameras, it won't support the weight of a DLSR.
So after you've screwed your camera onto the tripod then you would then open the tripod legs and position the tripod on a table or a flat surface, or actually with this flexible tripod you could position it anywhere to get your shot. The little tripod legs are easily adjustable and the tripod will go from a minimum height of 10cm to a maximum height of 14cm, each tripod leg is flexible and independently adjustable so if you have the tripod positioned on an uneven surface then you can flex and adjust each leg accordingly to get it level, and to get it to stand steady. You can even twist the little legs and wrap them around something, such as maybe a chair back or a pole. The little tripod legs have sturdy black rubber balls as feet on the ends, so that it won't slip or slide on the surface you have positioned it on, they will create a steady hold for your camera. Your camera is safe and secure on the tripod, all you need to do then is just shoot your picture.
My two main issues however with this flexible tripod are; firstly, the 'top part' of the tripod where you screw your camera into isn't adjustable, it doesn't tilt or turn in other words. To adjust the angle of the camera you have to flex the legs. This just seems a bit odd, and the tripod just doesn't seem to be able to achieve the same range of angles that I would have expected. For instance you can't take portrait shots using this tripod. And secondly, although the little tripod legs are flexible, they don't flex as much as the Gorillapods legs, and so you can't use this in as many quirky situations, and it doesn't feel quite as secure as a Gorillapod when wrapped around something. I have used a friend's Gorillapod as well, and so I have compared the differences.
I do think that this little tripod is good value for just £5, however it isn't quite as flexible as the Gorillapods. It does work well as a mini tripod though if you are happy to just take landscape shots, and just need a small amount of flexibility with the legs. It certainly helps to take clearer, crisper photos, as obviously it takes away 'the shakes' factor, and it does create 'a steady hand' to take your photos. It works especially well for taking shots with the self timer feature, group shots, self portraits, time delay pictures etc. It's easy to use and to adjust, and it's very handy to have and use on the go, it's great for holidays, nights out etc.
I really like the Hemnes bedroom furniture range from Ikea. We've had a number of the pieces over the years in the many places that we've lived. We currently have two of the Hemnes bedside tables in the grey-brown colour. Although we're not actually using them as bedside tables at the moment. They were used as bedside tables when we originally bought them, at the moment they're being used as occasional tables in the hallway and on the landing.
The Hemnes bedside tables currently retail for £40 in Ikea, however I'm positive that we only paid around £20 or maybe £25 for ours. Maybe we bought them when they were on offer. The Hemnes bedroom furniture range comes in a wide range of colours; white, red, blue, grey-brown, and black-brown. So basically you can easily find a colour to match your other furniture and your decor. I also think that you can mix and match the Hemnes colours to a certain extent, for instance I think that the red and the grey-brown colours look really good together. You can get lots of other items in the Hemnes bedroom furniture range if you want matching bedroom furniture; wardrobes, mirrors, a linen cabinet, a dressing table, beds, various sizes of chests of drawers, and another style of bedside table.
Like all Ikea furniture these are self assembly, I seem to remember it only taking my husband around half an hour to assemble both of these. They are easy to keep clean, I just wipe them over with a damp cloth.
Each bedside table is quite tall, they are 46cm wide / 35cm deep / and 70cm high, and they have a small drawer at the top, and a shelf at the bottom. The drawer is only very small and only really suitable for small bits and pieces. When we used these as bedside tables I typically just kept my kindle, my phone, odd bits of jewelry, odd hair bobbles, hand cream and lip balm in the drawer. Now that we're using these as occasional tables I tend to keep passports, driving licenses, bills to pay etc in them. The drawers operate nice and smoothly with no catching or locking, they even have drawer stops on stopping you from accidentally pulling the drawer all the way out. The bases of the drawers have a lovely striped board on the bottom which adds a little bit of interest to the interior. The drawers have round gunmetal drawer knobs which are easily interchangeable should you prefer to put your own fancy handles on the drawers instead.
The shelves at the bottom are fairly sturdy, and when these were used as bedside tables always had a huge stack of magazines and books on each one, with occasionally a laptop or a tablet balanced on top as well. Now that they're used as occasional tables they each have a large heavy ornament on the bottom shelf, and a large vase of flowers on the top.
The big drawback to the Hemnes range, in my opinion, is that it's made from a very soft wood, and so it's very easy to knock a dent in the wood, or to scratch the top surface, or to even take a chunk out the wood altogether. It marks much easier than you would think, we've dented the tops of our bedside tables by literally just knocking a water glass down with too much force, and I took a chunk out of mine by knocking my bedside lamp over. Once you know how easily they can mark or scratch then it is easier to look after them, but it is easy to forget sometimes and damage them.
I am happy with these though, in spite of the soft wood. I think that they look quite classy for Ikea furniture, and if you look after them and are aware that the wood is soft and can mark easily then they do last well. I like that they are actually solid wood and not just chipboard - I think that this helps to make them look more expensive. I think that they are reasonably priced, and that the range of colours is good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these, and I'd certainly consider buying these myself again.
We have one of the Ikea Malm 6 drawer chests, in the white stained oak veneer colour, in our guest bedroom. We did only want a fairly cheap chest of drawers as they weren't for our bedroom, and they won't get an awful lot of use. Our other guest bedroom furniture is also from Ikea; we have the Rykene bed and the matching Rykene bedside tables. The Ikea Rykene furniture is a grey-brown colour wood, and so we wanted something that would match these. The Malm drawers in the white stained oak veneer colour compliment our Rykene furniture perfectly.
The Ikea Malm range comes in 5 different colours; white, black-brown, birch veneer, oak veneer and white stained oak veneer. The price for the 6 drawer chest is £65.00 for the white version, and £85.00 for all of the other colours. The size of the 6 drawer chest is 80cm wide, 48cm deep and 123cm high.
The Malm 6 drawer chest is actually only 5 drawers high. The bottom 4 drawers are full width drawers, and the top drawer is actually 2 drawers; each one is half the width of the chest of drawers.
This is just a very basic, very simple, and very plain chest of drawers. I have however jazzed it up a bit by adding some funky steel drawer handles; two on each full width drawer, and one in the middle of each half width drawer. It doesn't actually come with any drawer handles, you just pull the drawers open by the lip on the top of each drawer. The handles were easy enough to add, my husband just measured the locations and then drilled some holes right through the drawers for me, and we then attached the funky steel drawer handles that I'd bought. This makes a huge difference to the chest of drawers, it has gone from being something fairly plain, and obviously from Ikea, to something really quite funky, and something that people always ask me where I bought it from.
The simple design and the choice of colours mean that this would work well in most room settings, and go with most decor. You could get a colour to match the rest of your furniture, or contrast with your furniture, or compliment your furniture like we did. This would also lend itself to being used in various rooms, the bedroom, the bathroom, the hallway, the study etc.
This was easy enough to put together, it took my husband around an hour. It does take a little while as there are all the individual drawers to assemble and the outside cabinet frame and it does come in lots of pieces. The tools you need are a cross head and a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. It's easy enough to keep clean I just wipe it over with a damp cloth.
Th drawers in this are quite deep and surprisingly roomy, and they operate nice and smoothly with no catching or locking, they even have drawer stops on stopping you from accidentally pulling the drawer all the way out. We've had ours in the guest bedroom for about a year now, and it still looks, and operates, as good as new. Granted it's not had as much use as it would have done had it been in our bedroom, but as an occasional use item it looks like it will last for years.
I'm happy enough with this. At the end of the day it is just a piece of Ikea furniture, but it was cheap, it serves its purpose well, it compliments our other guest bedroom furniture perfectly, and by customising it it doesn't look quite like Ikea furniture anymore!
I purchased a pair of the Ugg Flare flip flops whilst on holiday earlier this year in the US. I actually bought them from an Ugg Outlet Shop in one of the Outlet Malls over there, and I only paid $15, which depending on the exchange rate is only about £10. I've since seen them available over here for £30, so I got myself a bargain.
The Ugg Flare flip flops do come in a range of colours, but the only colour available in the Ugg Outlet Shop was pink, so I have these in pink.
I have these in a US size 6, which is a UK size 4. I find that with Ugg boots, and also with these flip flops that I can go down a size as they are on the big side, I'm normally a UK size 5, or a US size 7. I have fat little feet, and the width of these flip flops is perfect for me, sometimes with sandals and flip flops my little toes can be hanging off the sides due to my wide feet, but not so with these, my feet sit on the soles perfectly. The straps on these fit my fat little feet perfectly too.
These have a very soft rubber toe post and straps, in a bright cerise pink colour. The straps have the Ugg logo and little Ugg sunburst logo embossed onto them. The straps and toe post section are very securely attached through the sole of the flip flops. The soft rubber toe post and straps are really comfortable and don't rub or irritate my feet at all, even if I've had these on all day.
The soles on these flip flops are very thick and cushioned, and they cushion my feet completely from feeling any lumps and bumps on the pavement when I'm walking around in them. They have a matt feel to the footbed of the sole, and my feet don't slip or slide around on these when I'm wearing them, no matter how hot and sticky my feet may get. They also have the Ugg sunburst logo embossed all over the base of the soles to create a textured grip so that you don't slip on shiny surfaces such as shopping mall floors whilst walking around in these.
The soles themselves are also cerise pink, and the footbed of the soles have a swirly floral pattern on in pinks, greens and blues. I've had these for around 6 months now, and they've had a lot of wear, unfortunately the floral swirly pattern has started to wear off slightly over the 6 months, obviously where my feet are rubbing against the pattern. It's not noticeable when I wear them though as my feet cover the worn away patches. I do think that if I'd paid £30 for these than I'd probably be very disappointed with the print wearing off, however as I only paid around £10 I'm not too bothered.
I've been very happy with these as they are very comfortable and I can wear these all day and walk for miles in them with no discomfort whatsoever. I don't think that I would have bought them at £30 though, purely because I think that £30 is too much to pay for a pair of flip flops no matter how comfortable they may be. They are well made and they still have lots of life left in them. I'd definitely buy another pair if I could get them as cheap the second time around.
I'm struggling with a rating as if I rate them against what I paid $15/£10 then I'd give them 5 stars. However if I rate them against the cost to buy in the UK of £30, then I think that they probably deserve 3 stars. So I'll go in the middle with 4 stars.
I've had a Kindle 4 for about 18 months now, and prior to that I had the Kindle keyboard. I usually always have my Kindle in my overstuffed handbag, or my tote bag for work, and I definitely always take my Kindle in my travel bag when I travel for work or for pleasure. I do take care of my Kindle, as I'd be lost without it, and so I always keep it protected in a case, especially as it's normally stuffed into an overflowing handbag or travel bag and so l want to make sure that it doesn't get squashed or damaged or scratched.
I've just been away for a short break recently visiting some friends, and unfortunately I managed to leave my Kindle case on the train from the airport into the city. I was so engrossed in my book that I didn't realise we'd got to my stop, once I did realise I just rammed my Kindle into my handbag, grabbed my stuff and quickly exited the train. I didn't realise until later on that I'd actually left my case on the train, it must have fallen off my knee as I stood up to get off.
I did mention this to my husband in an email and I told him that I was having to wrap my Kindle in a jumper to protect it until I got home, and I'd buy another case when I got back. When I arrived home there was a package waiting for me from Amazon, my husband had ordered me a replacement Kindle case!
The case he ordered was this Trendz e-reader case. Now I'm going to sound really ungrateful here, especially as this was a very thoughtful gift, but I really don't like it, and I kinda wish he hadn't bought it for me!
OK, so he bought this from Amazon, and he tells me that it was just over £10. The Trendz e-reader cases come in many different patterns/colourways. The design that he chose for me is called 'brown campervan', and the cover is a chocolate brown background with quirky light beige coloured VW campervans all over the cover. The inside of the case is a plain light beige. I do really like the colour and the quirky campervan pattern on the case, it's the actual design of the case itself that I don't like.
I've always chosen slip in, or zip around cases previously for my Kindles, this one is more like a 'book design' cover, with my Kindle sitting inside and then having the front flap that just swings open. My Kindle 4 fits in this perfectly, (and my sister's Nook fits in this perfectly too, in fact I may actually donate it to my sister). Inside the case are four little elastic straps which hold the four corners of my Kindle securely on the bottom of the case. This is the kind of case that you would keep permanently attached to your Kindle and you can easily press all the buttons on your Kindle and read whilst your Kindle is in the case. It's also possible to charge your Kindle without removing it from the case as the little charging port is permanently exposed. The front cover of the case does seem to get in my way when I'm reading, so I tend to fold it back and under my Kindle, like folding the cover of a book back under itself. I'm not sure how well the spine of the case will last though with constantly being folded back on itself. I've had my case for a couple of weeks now, and the spine shows no sign of cracking so far, but I don't suspect it will actually last all that long.
To close the case there's just an elastic strap that clasps the two covers together over your Kindle. It seems very secure, and there doesn't seem any way that the Kindle could fall out, providing that the four corner straps are used as well. What I really don't like though is that it's kind of open to a certain extent, dust and stuff can get in. I would have preferred it had it had a zip around closure, rather than just the elastic strap. In fact after just using this for a couple of weeks my Kindle doesn't seem quite as clean, I find myself having to wipe over the screen most times before I start to read.
The case is quite soft and padded and therefore will protect your Kindle from knocks, and getting squashed in your handbag. However I'm still struggling with the 'open' aspect of it. I occasionally have make up explosions or spillages in my handbag, and I don't like that powder etc will easily end up on my Kindle as it isn't enclosed completely within a case, and surely powder/liquids etc getting in the the little charging port hole isn't a good thing?
It is quite a sleek case, and it is quite stylish looking, I personally just don't think that it's very practical. I know that this type of case is actually very popular, but I personally think that a zip around case or a proper flap top case gives much better protection.
I wear contact lenses most of the time. I've worn contact lenses since I was in my teens (I'm in my 30's now), and so I've had years of experience with the lenses and the solutions and the lens cases. I wear both the monthly disposable contact lenses and the daily disposable contact lenses, I wear the monthly lenses most of the time, and I use the daily lenses for travelling.
I swap and change my contact lens solution all the time, I'm not loyal to any one particular brand. But I do generally gravitate towards the Bausch & Lomb Renu solution. I find it to be a gentle but effective solution, and I also really like the Bausch & Lomb flat screw top lens cases that are supplied with the Renu solution.
I've used all sorts of contact lens cases over the years, some I've liked, and some I've hated. I particularly dislike the barrel style contact lens cases as I always manage to nick a piece out of one or both of my contact lenses when I use these. I much prefer the flat contact lens cases as I find them easy to use, and they don't damage my lenses.
Not all flat contact lens cases are created equal though. I've used various different flat contact lens cases over the years, supplied with various different solutions, and some haven't worked quite as well as others - they've split, they've leaked etc. I've found that the best quality flat screw top lens cases are the Bausch & Lomb ones.
Normally when you buy contact lens solution, or are supplied with it from your opticians, you get contact lens cases along with the solution. You should change your contact lens case every month for hygiene reasons. I've read a few reviews on contact lens solution / cases whereby people seem to keep and use the same contact lens case for months on end, even years sometimes..... I have to admit that this grosses me out somewhat, surely you would think that people would be as clean, careful and hygienic as possible with something as important as their contact lens case, but obviously not! I'm lucky in that I can always request extra cases from my opticians should I need them, and he always gives me these Bausch & Lomb cases as he knows that I prefer these, but I've also seen them for sale on both Amazon and ebay should you need to buy just the cases.
The Bausch & Lomb flat screw top lens cases are very sleek and simple, they're just a flat white case with two separate compartments marked L and R for your left and right lenses, it's important not to mix your lenses up even if you have the same prescription in each eye, again for hygiene reasons. The tops screw off easily to reveal the little bowl compartment for each contact lens, and there's a little fill line about three quarters of the way up each bowl to show you where to add contact lens solution up to. The bowls don't have any sharp edges, so when you dip you finger in to take your contact lenses back out they don't catch or get damaged at all. The tops screw back on very tightly and very securely and the cases don't leak at all, I've never had a Bausch & Lomb case leak in all the years I've been using them, and they're usually thrown into an already overstuffed handbag along with loads of other junk.
Because the cases are so slim and sleek, they're easy to take out and pop into the smallest of handbags or clutch bags. I always like to take my contact lens case out filled with some saline, so that if I need to take my contact lenses out for some reason I can just pop them in my lens case and not have to throw them away.
It's important to always rinse out and clean your contact lens case each time you've used it, I just rinse my case out with a small amount of my contact lens solution and then I let it air dry.
I'd definitely recommend the Bausch & Lomb flat screw top lens cases, they're very good quality and they don't damage your contact lenses.
I'm not normally a fan of the Carex hand washes, I'm just not too keen on the fragrances. However I do love the 'Family Favourites' Chocolate Orange Carex hand wash, I wasn't too keen on the Strawberry Laces Carex though. Whilst shopping in Tesco last week I spotted the Carex hand washes on offer at better than half price, reduced to just 85 pence each, and so I decided to get pick up another of the Chocolate Orange hand washes and also the new fragrance in the Family Favourites range - Cola Bottles, to try.
The Cola Bottles hand wash comes in a 250ml bottle, the bottle itself is clear so that you can see how much hand wash you have left. The hand wash itself is a luxurious thick creamy consistency, and it's a pale creamy beige colour. This smells really sweet, really sickly and sweet though, a total sugar overload smell. It does smell a bit like cola bottles I guess, but it's an over the top cola bottles scent, it's a very artificial fragrance and it's just too much.
One pump of this hand wash is plenty to adequately wash my hands, it lathers up really well on my hands with just a small amount of water. It is really quite gentle and it doesn't dry out my hands like some hand washes can, even with constant daily use. This leaves my hands perfectly clean, and feeling lovely and soft, but unfortunately smelling a bit too sickly and sweet for my liking. Another drawback in my opinion is that the sickly sweet fragrance lingers on my hands for absolutely ages after washing them, in fact I've found myself rewashing my hands quite a few times with a different hand soap to get rid of the sickly sweet fragrance.
I do like that it's an anti-bacterial hand wash, and I can't fault its performance in terms of actually cleaning hands, however the way too sweet and sickly scent means that I wouldn't buy this again. If you have children in the house though then this sweet and sickly fragranced hand wash could well be a winner, they will probably absolutely love it!